My ipad is a hell of a lot of fun. But since i bought it i have been wishing it could also be productive.
Nearly every app that i have tried or kept has not been much more than a toy, or a tool that goes nowhere beyond what a small laptop could do..
This was the first exception.
It's a sampler.. so it really sounds as good as whatever you play. The bundled sounds are decent, enough to muck about with, the included keys (rhodes particularly) are pretty good, and some of the "urban" kits (blech) sound nice, and with some tweaking, very usable. I also purchased the true-school pack, when it was on sale, and the drums included in that are fantastic!
It has what you expect, and what you need. The fx is logical, and there are some nice units to choose from.
The pads work well for the interface, I noticed no lag whatsoever! the keys are decent for simple melodies and such (for a non-keyboardist, i like them).
It's finally a serious ipad music app. Once i found my way around (which was FAST), i was able to build the basis for a song in about 7 minutes... WOW, i then multitracked it into ableton and went about redoing some parts with drum racks/ keeping some parts as audio.
If you import your own sounds it's a whole new world of usabillity. This for me is a great tool, whenever i am at a coffee shop, on a train, taking a studio break etc. it offers me a sketchpad (although that's what everyone says about all apps really..), but this sketchpad is intuitive, and very usable. I see this being used live very soon!
I would definitely like more fx, i know ios devices are limited power-wise, but we could have more than two i'm sure. Other than that I know NI will continue to tweak this, with regular updates as planned. I'm looking forward to seeing how much better my already good purchase will get!